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David Osterfeld

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Dr. Osterfeld was assistant professor of political science at Saint Joseph's College, Rensselaer, Indiana.

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The Bureaucracy Problem

The EntrepreneurFree MarketsInterventionism

01/30/2019Mises Daily Articles
The price system performs the crucial function of transmitting knowledge throughout the society and thereby eliminates the need for bureaucracy.
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Anarchism and the Public Goods Issue: Law, Courts, and the Police

Free MarketsPhilosophy and MethodologyProduction Theory

07/30/2014The Journal of Libertarian Studies
This paper is an attempt to use what is essentially "public choice" analysis- which assumes that individuals will make "rational" choices based on self-interest- to show how the primary collective good, security, might be provided noncoercively, i.e., in the absence of a state. Volume 9, Number 1 (...


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Natural Rights Debate: A Comment On a Reply

Philosophy and Methodology

07/30/2014The Journal of Libertarian Studies
In his "A Groundwork for Rights: Man's Natural End," Douglas Rasmussen takes issue with a paper I presented at the Fifth Annual Libertarian Scholar's Conference in which I was concerned with the difficulty of demonstrating the validity of natural rights doctrines in general and the libertarian...


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Internal Inconsistencies in Arguments for Government: Nozick, Rand, and Hospers

Free MarketsOther Schools of ThoughtPhilosophy and MethodologyPolitical Theory

07/30/2014The Journal of Libertarian Studies
Those who deny that the provision of protection services could be supplied through either the market or some other nonmonopolistic device must therefore endorse some sort of state. And those within that group who maintain that the provision of such services to everyone within a given territory is...


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Class Analysis: Marxian and Austrian Perspectives

World HistoryInterventionismOther Schools of ThoughtPolitical Theory

02/11/2010Mises Daily Articles
"The fragment on classes was actually written prior to the initial publication of Volume 1 of Capital in 1867. Marx died in 1883. That he never returned to the fragment strongly suggests that he had no satisfactory theory of class."
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